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Toronto Waterfront Marathon Announces Elite Field

On September 27th, the 2009 Toronto Waterfront Marathon will celebrate its 20th anniversary with what it is promising will be the most competitive marathon field to date. In the women’s race, defending champion Mulu Seboka of Ethiopia, who set a course record and personal best in 2008 (2:29:06), will be challenged by Kenyan Lydia Cheromei whose 2008 debut of 2:25:57 in Amsterdam makes her the fastest in the field and Ethiopian Amane Gobena whose PR (2:26:53) was reached earlier in 2009 at Los Angeles. The men’s race will see the return of defending champion Kenneth Mungara who edged out fellow Kenyan Peter Kiprotichto win the 2008 race in 2:11:01. Mungara who has since improved his PR to 2:10:29 (2009 Prague Marathon), will be joined by three men who have run sub 2:10 – Ethiopian Gashaw Melese Asfaw and Kenyans Philip Manyim and Daniel Kiprugut Too. Asfaw’s extensive resume includes two 2:10 marathon finishes from the 2009 Boston Marathon (6th place) and the 2009 Dubai Marathon (4th place) and a 7th place finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon. Manyim was champion of the 2005 Berlin Marathon (2:07:41) and Kiprugut was the winner of the 2009 Paris Marathon in 2:08:38. The prize purse of $122,000CAN along with course record and bonuses for men who finish faster than 2:09:30 and women faster than 2:29:06 adds considerable incentive for the runners.
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